2014 Toyota Highlander First Drive — SlashGear

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2014 Toyota Highlander Drive

Making a big SUV that every driver is difficult. Do you it sporty, or edgy, or aim for super-comfort, or as as possible, or some combination of all of the With the 2014 Highlander, had to work with the reliable-but-staid of its predecessor and inject both dynamism and an extra seat, as as crank up the comfort levels so as to in what’s become an increasingly segment. It takes more an angry new face to satisfy families, so does the new Highlander enough? We grabbed the keys to out.


The 2013 was hardly memorable, erring on the of sturdiness instead. The 2014 addresses that in spades, noticeably at the front, where a grille and an aggressively curved line gives the SUV an almost appearance. The tighter detailing round the side, with crease lines along the and surfacing that’s more of Lexus’ RX than the wardrobe-on-wheels of the old model.

It’s a bigger too, gaining around inches in length and sitting a broader, too; Toyota has that expansion wisely, the number of seats so that, in form at least, the newest is an eight-seater.

At the back there’s a tailgate that, on LE Plus levels and above, is power You can also program it where to whether that be to avoid a low ceiling or simply to help you it. The same trim level a separately opening rear for loading smaller items.

Meatier fenders give the Highlander a more distinctive both on the road and parked up, and the standard-fit alloy wheels suitably sure-footed. Toyota gone too overboard on the chrome, with edging around the windows but not too much across the

Just as on the outside, the old Highlander was but uninspiring on the inside, with than its fair share of plastics that were to look cheap in comparison to The 2014 model addresses for the most part: for a start, the is more distinctive, with a of black and beige plastic by matte-finish silver.

A huge shelf spans the dash center stack and right the passenger side, while considerably more storage in the between the driver and passenger Most of the places your will end up touching with any of regularity are now soft-touch and textured, there are still a few shiny, points we found.

Still, has clearly thought through how will use the 2014 Highlander, and are neat touches galore. The shelf, for instance, has holes to through phone cables for or hooking up to the infotainment unit, cords out of the way, One option for the rear row in check pipes from a microphone up front the back speakers, ideal for you’ve spotted misbehavior in the mirror.

Standard to the middle row is a three bench, with a slightly cramped version for the third Alternatively, you can swap the middle for a pair of individual captain’s they come standard on the Limited versions. Access to the rear-most bench is courtesy of drop down second row on either side, with the door openings making through not quite the embarrassment it can be on SUVs.

If there’s a compromise to be for the extra accommodation, its how much of luggage you can carry in the trunk. trimmed down the rear and made the back of the Highlander but the three-seater bench takes up of what space was freed up, 13.8 cubic feet to with.

That’s more the 2013 Highlander, which just crept over the 10 feet point, but still than what rivals the Ford Explorer offer.

With the dual moon-roof on our test car, the interior was and airy for passengers even at the back (though the third row is more suited to kids adults). All the seats are comfortable, over extended periods, and has improved the sound insulation with a noticeable cut in noise the previous model.

There are a few versions of the infotainment system to between, depending on overall level. Entry-level Highlanders get a touchscreen in the center stack, with Bluetooth for streaming and USB and aux-in, and voice control by a button on the wheel. Step up to the version and you get a higher-resolution display with satellite radio and HD

Finally, there’s the Entune Audio system, on XLE trim and which boosts the touchscreen to and throws in navigation and support for Entune app. That you to access services like Pandora, and Yelp through the system, albeit to a cut-down to suit on-the-road use. has evolved into one of the better among car manufacturers, though the depends on what smartphone you’re using: Android can hook up wirelessly using but iPhones need a wired for instance.

Engine and Performance

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has three engine options for the Highlander, though it already which is likely to be most Cheapest is the 2.4-liter, 185HP with front-wheel drive, Toyota expects most to go for the 270HP V6. A new hybrid is on offer for pairing the V6 with a trio of motors for a total of 280HP.

That’s a minor increase the regular V6, true, but Toyota it comes with a neat in economy. The four-cylinder is rated for combined and is only available front-wheel drive (FWD), the Hybrid-V6 is expected to get around combined, and comes only in drive (AWD). In-between the regular V6, rated for 21mpg in FWD and 20mpg in AWD form.

Toyota has to pair the aggressive styling a more sporty feel with mixed results. We the majority of our time in the V6, which has suspension than the outgoing and promises to deliver more through the wheel. On a smooth that pays dividends, but the car up and you start to feel more imperfections than we’d It can also get a little uncomfortable for at the back, swinging the Highlander leaving its overall size

In fact, the 2014 Highlander much better if you treat it as a cruiser. Power delivered the six-speed automatic — a ratio over last model — is smooth and rather than punchy, capable of overtaking at highway without a confused flurry of

Most of the time the AWD model its torque to the front wheels, for on-road dynamics, only the rear wheels into if Toyota’s computers figure losing traction. The brakes are impressive, hauling the SUV to a halt no problems.

Toyota has been the tech on its recent cars, and the benefits from that on gadgetry. That includes warnings, sensors that up cross-traffic, and lane-departure sensors, there are a total of eight spread around the interior. which of the sensors you get is dependent on trim level you splash out on LE, LE Plus, XLE, and Limited though all versions get a near-essential camera.

Toyota kick-starts the Highlander range off at $30,075 for the LE, though we’d recommend up to the $31,380 entry-level V6 at the very If you want the Hybrid-V6, meanwhile, looking at $48,160, which is firmly into Lexus territory; we’d have to need all those seats in to opt for the Highlander instead.

A fully-loaded V6 is around $42,000 with the AWD and the full gamut of sensors and while the still healthily-equipped XLE is $38,400. That gets you zone climate control, entry, heated front and the navigation option for the Entune It’s probably the model most recommend.

Overall, the new Highlander is a solid improvement on its predecessor. The updated is more memorable and more while the new gearbox adds to the abilities, even if Toyota is to squeeze in more sports from the SUV’s dynamics the rear row of passengers might It’s a much better to be inside, too, though the should probably still be pick if you want more presence and some semblance of capabilities.

Nonetheless, the 2014 does what it needs to: the seats to take on rivals, and the overall package to keep all of them comfortable and safe. in Toyota showrooms now.

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